Four persons have been arrested by the Oyo State Police Command, in connection with the murder of a trader, Onatayo Oyeyemi, and taking his heart for ritual.
The State Commissioner of Police, Abiodun Odude, while parading the accused at the Eleyele command, Ibadan, said, Gbenga Babalade, 40 and Tunde Jimoh, 37 killed the deceased in a cashew plantation, Ajase-ipo, Kwara State assuming he has N10 million with him.
He said further that after killing him, the saw only N100, 000 on him and agreed to take his heart and other parts of his body for money ritual. The two of them had earlier visited a lauded Cleric, Ahmed Olatunji via a herbalist, Agboola Abubakar, 65 who asked them to get a human heart which he will use to produce a potion that will make them rich.
“ To carry out their evil plan , Jimoh and Babalade under the pretext of doing business on February 24 , 2017 , lured the victim and robbed him of N 100, 000 before killing him with a gun. They removed his heart , severed his head and wrists for ritual,” Odude disclosed.
“ After the victim’s wife reported that her husband was missing at Atiba police station in Oyo , the anti -kidnapping squad of the command investigated his disappearance and during investigation , Abubakar was arrested, leading to three more arrests .”
The victim was said to be talking over a N10 million deal with a cashew trader, Olayinka Babalade, who is one of the suspect’s sibling when his alleged murderers heard about it and planned an ambush for him .
Babalade disclosed, “ I helped my brother in cashew business . The person we killed was a partner to my brother. He came to discuss a deal with him and I heard about it. The deceased said he would bring N10 m when he returned to complete the deal . I conspired with my friend who was around to rob him at Ajase- Ipo .
“ We picked him up at a location with a motorcycle and took him to a plantation. We thought he would have all the N 10 m but we only found N100,000 on him . Then my friend shot him, saying that he had to do it because the victim had recognised us . We later decided to remove his heart for the money ritual which was our initial plan . When we got to the Alfa, he said he could not do it again for us. He chased us away and told us to throw away the head and pour alcohol on the other body parts .”
Jimoh also revealed that he brought Babalade to the herbalist, Agboola, and that he had previously collected money from Babalade to assist him in getting the human heart for the ritual but was unable to get one . He conceded murdering Oyeyemi with a gun and also assisted to remove his heart and other body parts.